Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fear Not

So yesterday afternoon I had an idea what I wanted to do for today's card, and I was cruising through my stamps looking for a sentiment that would fit in the big maple leaf Framelit when I came across this Bible verse from Rose Wonder and all of a sudden my card turned out very different from what I had planned.

I have never made anything with this stamp before but I was compelled to ink it up yesterday.  And here is the maiden voyage of Tree Rings, which I stamped off once before stamping on the watercolor paper so it's more like the suggestion of tree rings which isn't exactly what I had planned but I think it looks okay.  And I still added a leaf from Vintage leaves, just a small one.

I was inspired by the photo at Fusion:

In general I don't like making cards with only neutrals and this one is made with ONLY Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla and watercolor paper.

I used the Fab Friday sketch:

Just turned it on its side to accommodate the verse.

And the Cupcake Inspirations challenge is perhaps my favorite:

Though I think I need to make another card for this challenge and do LOTS of very COLORFUL leaves ;)

Looks like Ryan is waking up so I'm going to go get his bottle ready.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Tree Rings, Vintage Leaves
Ink:  Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes & Leaflets Framelits, Dimensionals, pearls

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

We're Going to Disneyland!

Scrappy Tuesday!  Thought we'd do scrapbook pages today since yesterday was Guest Designer Day :D  And here are some of the most recent pages to come out of my craft cave!

Pics are from when we went to Disneyland with friends in April of last year.  These same friends are driving down for Thanksgiving next week!  Very excited about that.

Also excited about my title and patterned paper here.  That pattern is one of my VERY FAVORITEST EVER by Stampin' Up!, I just love it.  So for the title, I used the same colors and added Pacific Point.  I sponged ink on the background rectangle rather than inking up straight from the ink pad, which made the colors light enough that you could still tell the letters are BLUE and they look good.

Second layout!  I matted all the photos with different colors from the patterned paper too.  Pacific Point isn't anywhere in the pattern, but I thought it went well with the other colors.

And there's the colors:  Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, and smidge of Basic Black and Whisper White.  Wish my photos of the pages were a little better today but we've been socked in with clouds for what seems like forever so it's hard to get good pics.  Ah well.  The trip was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to seeing those friends again next week!

Cheers, y'all!  Ryan and I are heading to the gym for the first time in a week since we both had colds last week.  Wish me luck.

Stamps:  Layered Letters Alphabet, Back to Basics Alphabet
Ink:  Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black
Paper:  Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, Whisper White, Birthday Bash DSP
Accessories:  Mickey punch by All Night Media, circle punches from SU!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Guest Designer: Painted Harvest

Happy Monday, y'all!  And it IS a happy Monday for me because guess what?  My Pick a Pumpkin card from a while back was picked as the challenge winner at What Will You Stamp!

*does a little happy dance*

Even better, I have the stamp set for this week's challenge so I get to be a guest designer!  Woot!

I do love this stamp set, too.  So here's what I made for the challenge:

I used a simple layout to let the stamped images shine.  And they do shine a little bit because I used Shimmery White cardstock.  I thought I'd go a little outside the sunflower box on this card with my color combination, so what do you think of Blushing Bride, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig together?  I hardly ever reach for Blushing Bride unless it's a color challenge but I liked it with the other two colors.  I used a sponge to ink up the stamps for the Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig bits to keep them from overwhelming the soft pink, and that meant I could stamp the sentiment at full strength and have it be easy to read even on top of the flower.

Thanks again to the What Will You Stamp? DT for letting me play along this week!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Harvest
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Tranquil Tide, Shimmery White
Accessories:  Tranquil Tide ribbon

Friday, November 10, 2017

Retro Rose

Happy Friday, y'all.  My cold seems to be getting better, must be all the sleeping I've been doing the last couple days.  I've been napping every time Ryan does.

But for now, a card!

This is actually the first card I made for the Retro Rubber Challenge, but I just didn't like it as much on paper as I did in my head so I made the butterfly card.

Roses in Winter is really retro, I've had it since at last 2006.  Lots of Thoughts is almost as old, it's from Sale-a-Bration in 2008.  I also used the Freshly Made Sketch from a couple of weeks ago just because I liked it:

Time for me to go do dishes.  Ryan is unhappy that we picked up the dogs' water bowl so he can't go splash in it, but he'll just have to get over it.  He's a little grumpy this morning.


Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Roses in Winter, Lots of Thoughts
Ink:  Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Garden Green, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla, Woodland Walk DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Give Thanks

Mornin', y'all.  How's your day going?  Ryan's not up yet so I'm taking advantage of the time to write this blog post.  And take cold medicine.  Hope I don't pass this along to the wee babe.  He had a good time last night playing peekaboo over the coffee table with his dada.  Very cute.

Anyway, even with a cold I managed to make a very quick card yesterday.  Not only is it quick, it's a quadruple challenge card.

So, one stamp, one piece of Color Theory DSP, and a couple of Framelits.  At first I was going to stamp something texture-y on that bottom left corner, but looking at it I thought this card needs ribbon!  So I had to raid my retired ribbon stash (I have a very limited selection of current ribbon and a very large selection of retired ribbon) to find that Chocolate Chip taffeta.  I loved the taffeta ribbon.

Anyway, on to the challenges!  First up is the What Will You Stamp? challenge to use Labels to Love:

I didn't ink it up in time to use the Halloween stamp but I love that this one has stamps for multiple holidays on up to Valentine's Day.  I got the matching punch too, but I picked one of the stamps that doesn't coordinate with that punch ;)

Next up is this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I made my card the standard A2 size instead of square just because I like A2 better.

Here's this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake.

Last up is the SUO Challenge to make a project that features thankfulness.  My dad has had some health challenges lately, but he got some good news from the doctor yesterday so we're definitely thankful for that, and this card will be going out to my dad later today.

Have a great day, peeps.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Labels to Love
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Thick Whisper White, Color Theory DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes & Layering Circles Framelits, Dimensionals, retired Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Colorful Seasons Leaves

Hey y'all, how's it going?  I'm getting a cold.  I have a feeling the next few days will NOT be fun.  At least the hubs has Friday off of work so if I need to I can spend most of Friday sleeping? Just got to make it to Friday....

At least it's already Wednesday.  I thought for a minute it was only Tuesday.

My brother's birthday is tomorrow so I need to get this card out in the mail today.  It won't get to Texas in time, but he's been in our family long enough not to expect birthday cards and presents on time ;)  Anyway, as an Oklahoma State alum, he lurves him some orange so I started with the color challenge from Fab Friday:

I'll be honest:  I like Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie separately, but I'm not a fan of them together.  I sponged the ink on the leaf stamp to make it less concentrated, so it's more subtle that the three leaves are two different colors.  And then I stamped the fancy outline leaf stamp on the card front in stamped-off Tangerine Tango on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, which turned out okay.

I also used the latest sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping:

And then I combined those two challenges with the Global Design Project CASE the Designer challenge:

I kept the orange from this card, and the linen thread (I need to order more linen thread...), and I stamped a large image on my card front though mine is a lot more subtle than the pumpkins here.  I like challenges like this because there's a lot of "scope for imagination" as Anne Shirley would say.  Though I am extremely color-driven so a lot of my CASEd cards incorporate similar colors.

Sounds like kiddo is ready to get out of his bouncer for a bit.  Hope naptime comes quickly, 'cause I want a nap too...

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Fig
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Fig, Whisper White
Accessories:  Petals embossing folder, linen thread, Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Guest Designer: Retro Butterflies

Good morning y'all!  Today I have the honor of being the guest designer at Retro Rubber!  And this week's challenge is all about color.

Isn't that pretty?  The color that struck me first when I saw this picture was lots of GREEN, and I love green so I decided to make most of my card front Garden Green.  Then I pulled the plummy and peachy colors out of the photo and this is what I made:

You can see it just a little bit, but I added Wink of Stella to both butterflies so they sparkle.  That's also why the sentiment is smudged--I didn't allow sufficient time for it to dry before I started with the Wink of Stella so I got my fingers in it.  Dangit!  I didn't have time to redo the card so I'm chalking it up to the charm of a handmade item.  All my supplies today are still current, but Watercolor Wings is two years old and Work of Art (the sentiment) is three years old.

Hope you play along with the Retro Rubber challenge!  I had fun with it :)  And dyed my fingers green for a little bit.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Watercolor Wings, Work of Art
Ink:  Garden Green, Sweet Sugarplum, Fresh Fig, Peekaboo Peach
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Garden Green, Thick Whisper White, Glossy White
Accessories:  Bold Butterfly Framelits, Beautiful Butterfly Thinlits, Rose Garden Thinlits, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Monday, November 6, 2017


Scrappy Monday, y'all!  How's it going?  The recovery from LASIK has been a little harder than I thought it would be but I know I'm getting better.  Probably helped that I was able to take long naps both yesterday and Saturday while the hubs was on baby duty.  My eyes are still a bit uncomfortable, but it helps if I'm doing something so I don't think about my eyeballs.  So yesterday I worked on some scrapbook pages, but they're not quite done yet so today I'm sharing some pages I made a while back.

This is another layout from our 2014 Baltic cruise (pictures here).  Helsinki was probably our least favorite port, no offense to the Finns.  We didn't have anything specific we wanted to see and it was drizzly all day (and also what today's weather looks like).  We did like the Sibelius monument; he was a composer and what's funny is he didn't do organ music and yet the monument looks like an organ.  Heh.

Super simple stamped title on patterned paper.

Today's color palette:  Island Indigo, Cool Caribbean (reaching way back into the past for that one!), and Mint Macaron.  Island Indigo and Mint Macaron were in the Blooms & Bliss paper, and I was surprised how much I liked the touch of Cool Caribbean with those colors.

Anyway, Little Mister is ready to get out of his bouncer and start wandering all over the house again.  He got hurt last night--he was up on top of one of our end tables and slid down it, which he's done before but this time he banged his chin on the way down and his bottom teeth cut his upper gums.  He's fine but hubs did feel guilty about it since he was watching the kiddo.  But anyway, like I said, time for me to chase the baby all over the house until naptime.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Taffy Alphabet
Ink:  Island Indigo
Paper:  Island Indigo, Cool Caribbean, Blooms & Bliss DSP
Accessories:  None

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sunflower Thoughts

Mornin', y'all!  As I type this, I'm about an hour and a half away from my appointment time to get LASIK this morning.  I feel the same way I did when I went in for my induction--scared, excited, not at all ready but we're doing this anyway!

But anyway, I made a card yesterday afternoon to share today.

I started out with this beautiful inspiration picture from Just Add Ink:

I decided to use So Saffron, Crushed Curry, and Soft Suede for the flowers, and a mix of Dapper Denim and Tempting Turquoise for the background.

Once again I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch, this time in its original orientation:

I've been having lots of fun lately with watercolor backgrounds.  They're fun but my fingers are always turning different colors, haha.  The one on this card was the second one I made with these colors; the first one was a lot darker and more vibrant but I kinda wanted a softer feel.  And then I used sponges to ink up the flower stamps to match the softness of the background.  Maybe I'll make another card with that other darker background so you can see the difference.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot--I stamped the background with the dragonfly from Touches of Texture, but it's so light you can hardly see it even IRL.  I think it kinda adds to the dreamy effect of the card though.

Kiddo is up and eating his breakfast, and we're heading out the door in about a half an hour for my appointment to get my eyeballs lasered.  Wish me luck!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Hug in a Mug, Touches of Texture
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Paper:  Dapper Denim, Thick Whisper White, Watercolor paper
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals, Glitter Enamel Shapes

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bold Baby

Hey, y'all, how's it going?  I got this card made yesterday evening but I woke up a little late this morning so I didn't have time to do a blog post before Ryan and I headed off for yoga.  So here it is now:

The stamps in Letters for You are so large that they necessitated a 5x7 card.  I rotated this week's Freshly Made Sketch 90 degrees:

I thought the current Global Design Project theme challenge was interesting:

Lots of ways to interpret that, but in our house, well...we have a baby so that seemed like a natural fit :)

Here's this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Real Red, Bermuda Bay, and retired Cucumber Crush for my card.  I've said it before, but it's fun to play with bold colors for baby cards.

And finally, here's this week's What Will You Stamp? challenge:

I got this stamp set for scrapbook pages but so far it's only made one appearance.  I would have done a scrapbook layout for this challenge, but it's getting harder for me to do scrapbook pages while Ryan naps.  I keep trying though.

Speaking of my little one, looks like he's about ready to get up from his nap.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Letters for You, Moon Baby
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Basic Black
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Thick Whisper White, watercolor paper
Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pumpkin Thanks

Salutations and greetings, friends!  Ryan yodels a greeting from his bouncer, too.  He gets very vocal if anyone is eating and he's not.  Piggy baby :)

Oh yeah, happy Halloween!

Had to do pumpkins for Halloween, even if they're not jack-o-lanterns.  Although looking at this card on the screen, I kinda wish I'd done some more Lemon Lime Twist sprigs or something behind the pumpkins and gourd.  Ah, well.  Check out this week's Cupcake Inspirations color challenge:

And the Fall-To Layout from Clean & Simple Stamping:

Looks like Ryan and I won't make it to the gym in time for the class today; we got a bit of a late start this morning.  That's okay, I can work out on my own, and he'll still enjoy being in the day care with the other kiddos.  Better finish up my oatmeal and get a move on.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Pick a Pumpkin, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Lime Twist, Quilted Christmas DSP
Accessories:  Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Mini Dimensionals

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tiananmen Square

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Well, I got my wish for fall's much cooler today than it was last week, and it rained most of the night.  But I was happy to dress Ryan and me in long sleeves this morning!  We're going to Home Depot and the grocery store this morning.

But before that, scrapbook pages!

More China pages (I'm over halfway done with my China pages!), and the photos are here. We had a terrible tour guide in Beijing, and he told us NOTHING about Tiananmen Square.  Even leaving out the student demonstrations and subsequent massacre in 1989, he didn't tell us any of the history of the square...someone did ask him about the massacre but he refused to respond.  Can't blame him for that one though because the square is obviously under heavy surveillance and all mention of that incident is still heavily censored by the Chinese government.

My Bravo Burgundy ink pad has succumbed to The Dreaded Gold Sheen, so I really wondered how I would be able to stamp the peonies for this layout (so I looked it up, and peonies are actually a traditional floral symbol of China, so they're appropriate for here), but I was blog surfing and someone had posted stuff about using baby wipes as an ink pad and I was like DUH, I HAVE A BABY WHICH MEANS I HAVE BABY WIPES!!!  Luckily I also have a Bravo Burgundy ink refill.  Next time I do an SU! order I might get some of the uninked spots so I can make my own little Bravo Burgundy ink pad, and toss the infected pad.  I don't use this color a whole lot, but enough that I do still want an ink pad that works.

Second Tiananmen Square layout!  I'm experimenting with a bit of "white" space here--that's why I left the blank bit on the right page.  Trying to remind myself that I don't have to fill every available square inch with stuff.

Today's rather autumnal color palette:  Bravo Burgundy, Marigold Morning, Sahara Sand, Bordering Blue, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  And on that note, I think it's time to get Ryan out the door to run errands before it starts raining again.  Cheers!

Stamps:  Rough Type, Pretty Peony
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy, Marigold Morning, Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss, Early Espresso
Paper:  Bravo Burgundy, Bordering Blue, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Four Seasons DSP
Accessories: lettering template

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hey, Friend: Fall Edition

Howdy, folks!  How's your Friday morning going?  After my complaining earlier this week, it's *finally* starting to feel a little like fall here.  Color me thrilled!

I think I've said before that fall cards might be my very favorite thing to make.  The inspiration for this one came from the new challenge at Fusion:

I loved those fall leaves on the blue background, so I tried to kinda recreate that on my card.  I also dyed half my fingers blue in the process--it got all around one of my fingernails too so that ain't coming out for a day or two.  I spritzed water on glossy white cardstock and dripped some ink refill on it, then spritzed some more to make the background.  Messy, but fun.

I also used the sketch from Sunday Stamps:

I didn't have a recipient in mind when I made this, but I was talking to my friend Tiana last night and our friend Sarah's husband just deployed, so she'll be the one getting this in the mail.  And probably cookies, because I just got the Sally's Cookie Addiction cookbook and I need an excuse to try out a recipe or three.  (I already tried the giant M&Ms cookies.  Uhhh....they're gone.  And I need to be spending more time at the gym.)

That's it for me today, folks.  Have a fantabulous day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Orange Blossom
Ink:  Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Glossy White, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Seasonal Layers Framelits, Dimensionals, White baker's twine

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hot Chocolate Hug

Hmm, on second thought, a hot chocolate hug sounds kinda drippy.

Happily, today's card is drip-free.  I used the latest Freshly Made Sketch:

Fun sketch.  It was fun to see the design team's takes on the sketch, they all had the sentiment in a different place and different ideas for how to use this sketch.  I like it.

I'm also going to enter this at SUO Challenges, because this week's challenge is anything to do with treats.  I think hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows on top would qualify as a treat.  Particularly if there's a cookie or scone to go with.  I like a good cuppa hot chocolate, though honestly I drink hot tea much more often.  And if the weather STILL isn't cool enough to warrant hot beverages, the AC in my house can (and sometimes does) make up for that.  Heh.

Well, today is yoga class, which I'm liking a whole lot more than I thought I would.  I have to try to limit the time I spend doing things like downward dog because it's still so hard on my wrist, but even so I've noticed that I've already started improving flexibility.  One day I might be able to touch my toes without trying too hard :p

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hug in a Mug
Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Garden Green
Paper:  Soft Sky, Garden Green, Thick Whisper White, Coffee Break DSP
Accessories:  Iridescent Sequins, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Grateful Pumpkins

Mornin', y'all!  How's your Wednesday?  Still doesn't really feel like fall here even though some of the leaves are turning...yeah I could still be running around in capris and be comfortable, which is just Not Acceptable for October in my opinion.  But at least it's perfectly fall-ish in my craft room!

I love these pumpkins.  And the Painted Autumn DSP.  I have fun in my craft room :)  Anyway, for today's card, I started out with the photo inspiration at Inkspirational:

And then I paired that with the sketch from Global Design Project:

This is actually card #2 I made for this sketch; the first one was....okay, but it just didn't feel balanced right, so I made this one and I like it much better.  And I finally got a pack of thick Very Vanilla cardstock and I'm loving that too.  I may never buy the thinner versions of it and Whisper White again...

Last up (alphabetically, anyway), is the What Will You Stamp? challenge:

I think I have enough Halloween cards for this I just need to mail them all out!  So that's why I picked a Thanksgiving pumpkin this time instead of a jack-o-lantern.

Well, Ryan is sharing his cereal puffs with the least he shares?  But we've got to get ready for the gym.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Pick a Pumpkin, Painted Harvest
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Thick Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Patterned Pumpkin Framelits, Mini Dimensionals, linen thread